We were honored to be recognized today by IDC as one of the first companies to receive their Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise, or G.R.A.D.E. certifications. IDC’s new report, the 2008 Assessment of U.S. IT Asset Disposal Service Providers, Doc #213383 was released today and you can read the Dell news release here.
IDC developed this new certification in response to demand from its end-user customers about responsible ways to retire PCs and other IT hardware. The G.R.A.D.E. certification process is based on 34 IT Asset Disposal (ITAD)-related functions and tasks and uses a multi-dimensional weighting system that incorporates the broad offerings of remote applications, onsite services, logistics, in-plant processing, and post treatment. The certification is currently focused on the U.S. market.
Dell’s asset recovery services are helping our enterprise customers responsibly retire used IT equipment and simplify the management of their enterprise by protecting against data and environmental liability and minimizing the cost of disposal. Services we offer include value recovery, robust reporting, reverse logistics and responsible recycling.
Our continued commitment to making recycling convenient, easy and responsible for customers is not only evident through this certification, but also through our assistance to small businesses for their product recovery needs, free and convenient product recycling for consumers and setting responsible recycling standards.
Dell’s product recycling efforts are a cornerstone of efforts to be the greenest technology company on the planet. For more information, visit www.dell.com/earth. To join with the company and thousands of others in lending a voice and saving the planet, visit www.regeneration.org.
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Please don't sprain your arm patting yourself on your back just yet. Dell Canada is part of the EPSC, and has been instramental in setting up FLAWED recycling programs across Canada, as well as denying FAIR competition to existing recycling companies.
How much of the SWEEP funds raised by tacking on an Environmental Handling Fee to purchases of computers has been used to seperate REUSE equipment out of piles of computers collected? NONE!
How much money has been spent on REUSE programs in BC? None to Very Little. How much will be spent to promote reuse in the Maritimes and Ontario? I predict NONE!
Until you allow all recyclers to fully and equally participate in ewaste recycling programs across Canada, and you can prove to me that a direct to destruction recycling program is more efficient than a tradional 3R program, I'll be watching your 'green progress' with a VERY skeptical eye.
Darcy -thanks for your comments, you raise some good points. I work on recycling issues with Joe at Dell and wanted to clarify a few things.
First, the recycling programs for consumers and businesses we discuss are available across Canada, and we work with Canadian recyclers to process equipment recovered.
We do recognize reuse as a critical part of the product lifecycle and our environmental commitments. Our recycling partners consider material recovered for re-use at the system level, then at the part level, then at the commodity level for all equipment recovered.
Dell has recognized producer responsiblity, we offer free recycling programs to consumers worldwide for the products we make, and believe others in our industry should do the same. As part of our commitment to producer responsiblity we have engaged with elected officials in a number of jurisdictions as they have tackled the drafting of e-cycling legislation.
In short, we believe e-cycling legislation should require producers to offer free recylcing to consumers, allow those producers to have flexibility in the way they offer recycling and not create extensive government bureaucracy or cost for governement. We don't believe that some of the provincial laws passed are as effective as they could be.
While it is true Dell is a member of EPSC, and we can't disclose the specifics of membership meetings, our membership does not necessarily indicate alignment with all EPSC positions. Such is the nature of any industry coalition.
I hope this helps clarify some of Dell's positions and commitments to free, convenient and responsible computer recycling.